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Monotropa uniflora, From Last Year! The desiccated remains of last year&rsquo;s flower compared to Lisa Kimmerling&rsquo;s photo,<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/68296/ghost_pipe_monotropa_uniflora.html" title="Ghost Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3231/68296_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1585785610&Signature=lZuhOi6eMcA%2FHvV7cujt8s%2F%2FZfg%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="Ghost Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) Growing in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest understory. <br />
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Monotropa uniflora is a mycoheterotrophic, nonphotosynthetic plant. It is unable to produce its own energy via photosynthesis, so it turns to fungi (it has a preference for Russula) which are mycorrhizal with trees. Being nonphotosynthetic might at first appear to give the plant a disadvantage, but as a result, M. uniflora is capable of growing in dense understories with lower light and higher mulch levels--habitats that are not suited for autotrophic plants Fall,Geotagged,Ghost Plant,Monotropa uniflora,United States" /></a></figure> Canada,Geotagged,Ghost Plant,Monotropa uniflora,Summer Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Monotropa uniflora, From Last Year!

The desiccated remains of last year’s flower compared to Lisa Kimmerling’s photo,

Ghost Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) Growing in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest understory. <br />
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Monotropa uniflora is a mycoheterotrophic, nonphotosynthetic plant. It is unable to produce its own energy via photosynthesis, so it turns to fungi (it has a preference for Russula) which are mycorrhizal with trees. Being nonphotosynthetic might at first appear to give the plant a disadvantage, but as a result, M. uniflora is capable of growing in dense understories with lower light and higher mulch levels--habitats that are not suited for autotrophic plants Fall,Geotagged,Ghost Plant,Monotropa uniflora,United States

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  1. It's so neat to see the comparison. Posted 7 months ago
    1. Before and after or should that be after and before! Posted 7 months ago
      1. Haha, "after and before"!

        Have you seen many fresh ones so far this year or noticed any signs of harvesting?
        Posted 7 months ago
        1. Seems that they are now showing and they are quite plentiful but there doesn’t seem to be any signs of “harvesting”... well, not yet. Posted 7 months ago
          1. Yay! Hopefully they don't get disturbed this year. Posted 7 months ago
  2. Very cool find! Posted 7 months ago
    1. It was. Also nice to have your photo to compare. Posted 7 months ago
      1. Awww! Well, thanks for featuring me! :) This dessicated form is still very beautiful, isn't it? Posted 7 months ago
        1. It is. I was glad that your photo was there for the comparison. Also surprising how many features remain recognizable. Definitely an interesting plant. Posted 7 months ago

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''Monotropa uniflora'', also known as the Ghost Plant, Indian Pipe, or Corpse Plant is a herbaceous perennial plant, formerly classified in the family Monotropaceae, but now included within the Ericaceae. It is native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America, but with large gaps between areas. It is generally scarce or rare in occurrence.

Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic,.. more

Similar species: Ericales
Species identified by gary fast
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Uploaded Jul 15, 2019. Captured Jul 15, 2019 11:18 in 729-753 Whaletown Rd, Mansons Landing, BC V0P 1K0, Canada.
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  • 60mm